Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe : Toward the Revival of Higher Education / Jeffrey Hart.
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- New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 
1 online resource (1 online resource (xii, 271 p.))
- Education, Humanistic.
Civilization -- Study and teaching.
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- Although the essential books of Western civilization are no longer central in our courses or in our thoughts, they retain their ability to energize us intellectually, says Jeffrey Hart in this powerful book. He now presents a guide to some of these literary works, tracing the main currents of Western culture for all who wish to understand the roots of their civilization and the basis for its achievements.Hart focuses on the productive tension between the classical and biblical strains in our civilization--between a life based on cognition and one based on faith and piety. He begins with the Iliad and Exodus, linking Achilles and Moses as Bronze Age heroic figures. Closely analyzing texts and illuminating them in unexpected ways, he moves on to Socrates and Jesus, who "internalized the heroic," continues with Paul and Augustine and their Christian synthesis, addresses Dante, Shakespeare (Hamlet), Molière, and Voltaire, and concludes with the novel as represented by Crime and Punishment and The Great Gatsby. Hart maintains that the dialectical tensions suggested by this survey account for the restlessness and singular achievements of the West and that the essential books can provide the substance and energy currently missed by both students and educated readers.
PART ONE: THE GREAT NARRATIVE
Chapter One: Athens and Jerusalem
Chapter Two: Athens: The Heroic Phase
Chapter Three: Moses as Epic Hero
Chapter Four: Socrates and Jesus: Internalizing the Heroic
Chapter Five: Paul: Universal Synthesis
PART TWO: EXPLORATIONS
Chapter Six: Augustine Chooses Jerusalem
Chapter Seven: Dante, Rome (Athens), Jerusalem, and Amor
Chapter Eight: Hamlet's Great Song
Chapter Nine: The Indispensable Enlightenment: Molière and Voltaire
Chapter Ten: Hamlet in St. Petersburg, Faust in Great Neck: Dostoyevsky and Scott Fitzgerald
Afterword: Today and Tomorrow
- Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
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- 10.12987/9780300130522 doi
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